Name: Center Diamonds With Spiders and Crabs
This wide woman's shoulder cloth is handwoven from village-raised, hand-reeled, naturally dyed silk. The motifs include a diamond of naga (spiritual river serpents) geometrically depicted in white, of importance to both the Lao and Tai cultures from which this textile patterning arose. The center diamonds are filled on the edges with a rainbow of flowers, and on the inside of the diamond with crabs (they are caught in the river and eaten), and spiders - the original weavers. This woman's shoulder cloth can be used as a scarf, wall hanging, or table runner. The textile comes with a photo of Phout, the designer and natural dyer, wearing her creation.
Size: 9" x 87"
Origins: Houaphan Province, Laos